- Burundi government has nationwide protests against Rwanda Updated: Feb-13-16 12:47 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi' - Thousands of Burundians on Saturday participated in government-sanctioned demonstrations against neighboring Rwanda whom it accuses of supporting a rebellion to topple Burundi's president.
- Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack Updated: Feb-13-16 9:59 am
KINSHASA, Congo - Rebels in northeast Congo killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, a local activist group reported Saturday, the latest attack in a region the United Nations says is facing deteriorating security.
- Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says Updated: Feb-13-16 6:24 am
KINSHASA, Congo - Authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant, the conservation group WWF said.
- Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote Updated: Feb-12-16 2:47 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed in Central African Republic. The threat of attacks from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.
- US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR Updated: Feb-12-16 2:41 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.
- Rwanda plans to relocate Burundian refugees Updated: Feb-12-16 9:56 am
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda's government said Friday it plans to relocate 75,000 Burundian refugees to other countries following accusations that Rwanda is harboring and training rebels opposed to the Burundian government.
- Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May Updated: Feb-11-16 4:28 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.
- US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response Updated: Feb-08-16 6:25 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.
- Indiana delegation asks Obama to act on Congolese adoptions Updated: Feb-03-16 5:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's congressional delegation is urging President Barack Obama to prod the president of Congo to allow hundreds of legally adopted orphaned children to join their new families in the United States.
- Jimmy Carter hopeful for Guinea worm eradication in Africa Updated: Feb-03-16 7:31 am
JUBA, South Sudan - Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.
- Amnesty calls on Republic of Congo to free opposition figure Updated: Feb-01-16 4:46 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Amnesty International has called on Republic of Congo authorities to unconditionally release an opposition leader detained for more than two months.
- Spain court probes passports of 2 US basketball players Updated: Feb-01-16 1:38 pm
BARCELONA, Spain - A Spanish court is investigating the alleged use of false passports by two American basketball players.
- 4 African champions among 8 Nigerians banned for doping Updated: Feb-01-16 8:11 am
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria has banned eight athletes for doping, four of them gold-medal winners and one a silver medalist at the All Africa Games last year.
- Rep. of Congo: Party selects president to run for new term Updated: Jan-25-16 2:47 pm
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo's ruling party has promised a first-round win after formally choosing President Denis Sassou N'Guesso to run for a new term in March.
- Court confirms Central African Republic runoff candidates Updated: Jan-25-16 11:56 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Central African Republic's constitutional court has certified results from the first round of the country's long-awaited presidential vote, confirming that two former prime ministers will compete in a runoff.
- UN seeks $820 million for crises in Central, West Africa Updated: Jan-25-16 9:23 am
DAKAR, Senegal - The United Nations and partners are appealing for more than $820 million to help refugees and others affected by violence in Cameroon, Nigeria and Central African Republic.
- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returns home Updated: Jan-23-16 11:06 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe arrived home from a weeks-long vacation looking sprightly, quashing rumors that he had a heart attack.
- UN: Central African Republic facing hunger crisis Updated: Jan-20-16 9:37 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations is warning of a hunger crisis in Central African Republic that is affecting half the country's population.
- Congo drafts new adoption legislation, reviews pending cases Updated: Jan-19-16 12:55 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo has drafted new adoption legislation and reviewed cases pending since it halted international adoptions in 2013, the government said Tuesday.
- Whistleblower cleared in CAfrican Republic sex abuse case Updated: Jan-18-16 7:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' internal justice system has cleared a whistleblower who leaked information to French authorities in 2014 about a U.N. investigation into accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic had sexually abused some children they were sent to protect.
- UN rights chief cites worrying trends in Burundi Updated: Jan-15-16 1:58 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - The U.N. human rights chief on Friday denounced what he described as gang rapes of women in Burundi by security forces, torture and signs of ethnic repression in nine months of simmering violence in the central African nation.
- UN envoy warns of risk of violence in Congo ahead of vote Updated: Jan-14-16 9:12 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy for Congo warned Thursday of "the very real risks" of civil unrest and violence in the run-up to scheduled legislative and presidential elections in November.